Cross-over trainings: A unique approach to unifying the fire service

If all the fire service divisions within a fire department can combine their training, education, and experience, then it will strengthen the fire department as well as make fire service more effective within the industry as a whole. On June…

Realistic multi-agency training and exercising

Realistic training is an often-used phrase in the emergency services. Most would define this as training in an environment that looks and feels as close to that which the participant would experience if undertaking that activity ‘for real’. So why…

College’s training center offers real-world experiences

Katie Lorenz, a field medic with Austin-Travis County EMS, wades without hesitation into an onslaught of water. It comes up nearly to her waist and quickly overtakes her, the force pushing her down a concrete channel and to the edge…

Virtual reality technology is within fire department’s reach

New developments in technology have brought the capability for all fire departments to utilize immersive virtual reality. This equipment costs significantly less than what previous forms of virtual reality hardware cost, and has brought the technology within grasp of fire…

Leadership and Lifelong Learning for Officer Development

The competent fire officer must be guided in their decision-making by a combination of knowledge, skill, and experience. As a means to enhance experience and support professional development, fire service leaders should embrace the concept of Lifelong Learning. The modern…

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